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A little advice can make all the difference. Scott White suggests starting hitters like Chris Carter. Al Melchior sorts out the two-start starter options. Hitters | Pitchers
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Rays 2B Nick Franklin scheduled for rehab assignment Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:48 pm ET) Rays second baseman Nick Franklin is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham Tuesday, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Franklin is currently on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury. He has not played in a game yet this season with Tampa Bay after posting a .160 average with six RBI in 81 at-bats in 2014.


Rays OF Steven Souza strikes out nine times in weekend series
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:43 pm ET) Rays right fielder Steven Souza had a weekend to forget. The young outfielder posted two games with four strikeouts, including Sunday. Souza is in the middle of a 0-for-17 slump with 12 strikeouts.

"Man, I don't remember the last time I struck out four times, let alone four times twice," Souza said to the Tampa Tribune. "So I just need to get back and trust in my game plan, trust in the guys behind me and just keep going."

Souza isn't seeing the ball well and letting his struggles get in his head, according to the report.

"I want to be in that lineup," Souza said. "Whatever (Cash) wants me to do, I'm going to go out there and do it."


Dodgers acquire infielder Andy Wilkins from Blue Jays
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:31 pm ET) The Dodgers have acquired infielder Andy Wilkins for cash considerations from the Blue Jays, the team announced Sunday. Wilkins appeared in 17 games for the White Sox in 2014 with a .140 average and two RBI in 43 at-bats.

Angels' Chris Iannetta bats ninth in interleague game, snaps 0-for-21 skid
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(10:16 pm ET) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta went 1 for 3 on Sunday to snap an 0-for-21 slump.

Iannetta hit ninth in the batting order with pitcher Jered Weaver hitting eighth in the interleague game, marking the first time in Angels' history a starting pitcher batter No. 8.

Mariners reliever Carson Smith gives up first run of the season
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(10:15 pm ET) Mariners rookie relief pitcher Carson Smith had gotten off to a fantastic start, not allowing a run in his first 19 1/3 appearances in the majors, but he finally picked up a blemish on his ledger Sunday, allowing a home run to Houston's Evan Gattis.

Smith had pitched in 20 straight scorless games to start his career, the third-longest streak in MLB history. But Gattis' home run sent the Mariners to their fourth straight defeat. 

"It's baseball," Smith told MLB.com. "You give up hard-hit balls and get outs and you can give up soft-hit balls and get hits. That's the way it works. Today it didn't work out in my favor. I'll learn from it and move forward."


Catcher Derek Norris slams homer in Padres' victory on Sunday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(10:09 pm ET) Catcher Derek Norris produced a two-run home run in the fourth inning Sunday in the Padres' victory over the Rockies.

Norris is hitting .375 (12 for 32) with eight RBI over his last nine games.

The homer was his second of the season.


Rockies' Charlie Blackmon hits two HRs Sunday, has three in two games
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:58 pm ET) Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon delivered two solo home runs on Sunday in a loss to the Padres.

The outfielder also homered on Saturday and now has five for the season.

His 3 for 5 day raised his average to .316.


Catcher Evan Gattis: Astros have 'something special'
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:54 pm ET) Evan Gattis early season struggles are suddenly in the rear view mirror and the Astros are rolling. After his two home runs helped seal Houston's 10th straight victory, the catcher said the team is coming together, per the Houston Chronicle

"I've never had this much fun on any team," Gattis said. "We have reason to be excited. I don't know what it is, if it's chemistry or what. Whatever it is, we have it."

Gattis has crushed four homers over the course of three straight days, a far cry from the start of the season, when he went 0 for his first 23 at-bats. 

"We're having fun," he said. "It's been also the most fun personally I've ever had on a team. I think we might have something special."


Mets pitcher Alex Torres works out of jam Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:50 pm ET) Mets relief pitcher Alex Torres worked a perfect two innings out of the bullpen in Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Nationals.

Torres picked up three strikeouts in the sixth after Dillon Gee loaded the bases with no outs.

"I owe him way more than a steak dinner for that," said Gee to MLB.com. "I feel terrible that I left him in that spot. He was unbelievable. He came in and just dominated."

Torres has thrown 9 2/3 innings this season with a 2.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts.

"I'm just trying to get comfortable myself," Torres said. "Just try to make a pitch, hit a spot, throw the ball down and just make quality pitches."


Dodgers designate pitcher Scott Baker for assignment
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:36 pm ET) The Dodgers will reportedly designate pitcher Scott Baker for assignment, according to the Orange County Register. The team later confirmed the report.

Baker has an 0-1 record in two starts this season with a 5.73 ERA and eight strikeouts in 11 innings of work. The move is expected to push pitcher Carlos Frias back into the rotation.


 
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